The Willard InterContinental, Washington DC

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Ingredients:

1 cup of brown sugar

1 1/2 cups of white sugar
1 cup of shortening
4 3/4 cups of flour
2 cups of eggs
2 cups of molasses

General baking instructions:

-Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
-In a large bowl, mix brown sugar and butter until smooth,
then add the molasses and continue to blend until well mixed.
-In another bowl, sift together the dry ingredients flour and spices
-Slowly alternate the dry and wet ingredients until the dough is mixed.
(If needed, add water or milk by half teaspoon to soften sparingly)
-Remove the dough from the mixing bowl and refrigerate for at least an hour.
-Taking a little bit at a time, roll the dough into 1/8 of an in. thickness
and cut into desired shape, such as cookie shapes or small brick pieces for gingerbread houses.
-Bake for about 10-20 minutes or until the bread starts to get golden brown.
Size dependant.
-let cool and start building!
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